Teledermatology: Just Cool or a Real Tool?

  title={Teledermatology: Just Cool or a Real Tool?},
  author={Günter Burg and Urs Hasse and Claudio Cipolat and Roger Kropf and Vahid Djamei and H. Peter Soyer and Sergio Chimenti},
  pages={169 - 173}
Telemedicine is the practice of healthcare using interactive audio, visual and data communication. This includes healthcare delivery, diagnoses, consultation and treatment as well as education and transfer of medical data. The transmission of multimedia streams has remained a major challenge. Although the Internet remains basically insecure, technology allows today to define and implement complete security profiles for specific (medical) communities. Data security is a must as in all other… 

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